With a year like 2020 behind us, we look to 2021 as a much-needed reset. This also extends to our closets. In our case to the capsule closet, a minimalist and curated collection consisting of versatile wardrobe staples that you can easily mix and match, which has taken over since the pandemic took hold.
The concept is nothing new. In fact, the term "capsule wardrobe" was first coined by former London boutique owner Susie Faux in the 1970s, referring to a collection of essential clothing items that They do not go out of style and can be easily combined with seasonal garments. But as we collectively navigated through 2020, we noticed that this term was becoming more fashionable than ever; Not only did we begin to transform our current closet into a capsule closet, in my specific case for a trip that I needed to undertake with only my most versatile belongings. With nowhere to go and nothing to do, last year was the perfect opportunity to declutter our wardrobes, the first step in building a curated wardrobe, but also in completely rethinking how we dress.
As we move into this new year, the concept will continue to gain popularity thanks to both the growing collective interest in sustainable shopping habits and our basic psychological needs.
Why are capsule wardrobes so popular right now?
2020 caused a major change in the way we see and consume fashion. The new decade started with the world literally on fire, bringing more attention to the climate crisis of which the fashion industry is a major contributor. While the sustainability movement in fashion has been gaining traction for years, the pandemic accelerated the general idea of consuming less. Like the new organizing trends put forward by Marie Kondo, it's no wonder the practice took off.
This does not mean leaving fashion trends behind completely, but rather only opting for those that suit our lifestyle and mindset at home. While many are embracing the capsule wardrobe in the traditional sense—classic, versatile pieces in a sophisticated, neutral palette—many customers are also building their wardrobe simply around the items that bring them joy.
It is known that what we wear can influence our psychological state. And vice versa, how we are impacted by what happens in the world can influence what we choose to wear. With the pandemic making it impossible to continue to ignore fashion waste and with many losing jobs and financial stability, shoppers are being more thoughtful about their consumption and spending. What we dress for now is safety, sustainability and functionality. Safety and functionality are paramount, and with that comes sustainability by default, because we're not buying as much as we used to. We are becoming much more aware of our impact on the environment.
Our clothing needs have also changed, with many working from home and staying home on weekends. Simply put, having an edited closet of essentials and wearing the same things over and over takes the daily stress out of getting dressed. While this simplification method also worked in a pre-pandemic world, when we worked in offices five days a week or had a slew of events to attend, for many, it took them losing that to realize it's the same 10 (or 27) Things we use over and over again.
The act of creating a capsule cabinet also has its own benefits Sorting and rearranging can give you a sense of control. And with no sense of normalcy for the foreseeable future, the capsule closet trend isn't going away any time soon. We don't know what will happen tomorrow. On a micro level, near us, in our immediate vicinity, or on a macro level, just by watching the news, we are being impacted. One way to gain some sense of control is to sort and rearrange.
Are capsule wardrobes here to stay?
Yes. Even before “COVID-19” or “quarantine” were part of our daily vocabulary, the fashion industry itself has been celebrating the familiar with elevated essentials like a luxe cashmere sweater, polished white shirt or a timeless pant, to name a few. These classic foundations offer longevity and versatility, which are perfect for our new lifestyle.
There has also been a general shift in the way we approach fashion and consumption as a whole, with sustainability at the forefront. The pandemic has been a much-needed reset button for the industry, including eco-friendly clothing and looking to scale back on fast fashion. It has made us realize what we really need and use.
Now it's not about how much clothes you can buy, but where you get your clothes. Who is the brand? What conscious aspects does it have to offer? Is it an ethical manufacturing or an equally sustainable aspect?
Article translated from: https://www.refinery29.com